We are delighted to announce that today Abigail Coghill-Smith has returned to practice and is available for court and advisory work.

Abigail's principal areas of practice are domestic and international money laundering, civil and criminal fraud, confiscation, receiverships and asset forfeiture and recovery.  For more information about her areas of expertise generally please visit her profile at:

To instruct Abigail please contact the clerks by email or telephone on 0207 440 9950.

33 Chancery Lane to Train Barristers on Money Laundering Prevention

Chambers is delighted to announce that Martin Evans, Abigail Coghill-Smith and Fiona Jackson have been approached by the Bar Council to provide training courses for the Bar on the interface of Public Access work with awareness of professional obligations to minimise the risk of potential laundering of the proceeds of crime by clients and third parties.  

Accordingly, our team has devised and will deliver a comprehensive series of two-hour CPD-accredited training programmes to the profession and their clerks from 20th October, specifically tailored to meet barristers’ queries arising from the Bar Council’s general Public Access training programme.

This practical course introduces the relevant provisions of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 and the Money Laundering Regulations 2007, explaining their impact on barristers undertaking Public Access work and promoting the ability to recognise and respond appropriately to ‘suspicious transactions’.

During the interactive training workshop, delegates will discuss case studies giving rise to potential problems, especially handling client money; study relevant guidance and judgments such as Bowman v Fels; examine the dangers of ignoring the legislation; and be instructed on best practice to minimise risk.

If you are a barrister or clerk wishing to book onto the training programme, please click here.

Join us in Dubai on 24 January 2011 for a Special Chambers' Reception

Seven Members of Chambers will be in Dubai from 23 to 25 January 2011.

Andrew Mitchell QC will be speaking at the C5 conference 'Fraud, Asset Tracing and Recovery in the Middle East' on the topic of 'Bribery and Corruption'.

We are holding a reception for UK, US and Arab law firms in the early evening of 24 January at a central Dubai location.

We are looking forward to seeing a number of colleagues who have already confirmed that they are joining us.

For anyone else in Dubai next week who would like to join Chambers and a number of the international firms working in the DIFC, Arbitration Courts and further afield in the GCC, please email Martin Adams who will be happy to provide more details.